If you have recently purchased a boat and live in an area that experiences cold winter temperatures, then you will need to store your boat in the winter. And, one of the most important things that you should be doing before you store it is making sure that it has an appropriate cover. There are a few options when it comes to covering your boat as you winterize it, so keep reading to learn about a few of the more common choices.
Shrinkwrapping is an extremely popular option when it comes to winterizing boats. And, there are a number of advantages to using this material. Shrinkwrapping was used in the past as one of the only protective measures to keep teak boats safe. The wood woods could not sustain any water leakage and thus the completely watertight wrapping method was used. Not only does the wrapping keep out water, but due to the sealing process, there are no openings for small bugs or rodents to get in. Rodent damage is an especially difficult and prominent boat storage problem as mice and other animals look for safe spaces to live during the cold weather months.
You have two options when it comes to shrink wrapping, you can buy the supplies online or from your local boat storage business and apply the material yourself or you can ask the professionals to apply it for you. If you decide to do the work yourself, you will need to also buy a heat gun because a hair dryer does not expel enough heat for the job. And, you should make sure that the PVC or polypropylene material is close to 7 or 10 mils thick for the best protection. Keep in mind that the wrapping material will also need to be discarded in the spring. It is a one time use material.
If you live in an extreme weather area that sees a great deal of wind during the winter and also if you are storing your boat outdoors, then you will need to think about more secure protection. This is possible with a canvas cover. These covers are made with thicker and heavier materials that can withstand high winds, ice, and snow. And, the covers are meant to be secured with ropes and ties connected to grommets, so blow-offs are even less likely.
You can purchase a custom fit canvas cover for your boat or you can purchase a universal cover based on your boat's size. When you purchase the cover, make sure it has a waterproof coating on it and replace this coating about once every few years. Also, inspect the cover often for signs of rips, tears, and other kinds of wear.
For more information and ideas, contact a company like Sand Bar Marine.